Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said, “You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But at this statement, the man looked sad and went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. Mark 10.21-21
When we read about the rich young man do we also react as the apostles? They were astonished at the response Jesus had given to the young man. This young man had run to Jesus and fell to his knees. Certainly the attitude shown here was admirable. He had shown Jesus the respect that many denied him. He had wholeheartedly kept the ten commandments doing what he should. But something was lacking or perhaps a better word is, present. Jesus loved him. That is a profound statement. Jesus goes directly to the problem. You cannot depend on all the good things that you have done during your lifetime and expect that to be the answer for inheriting eternal life. He was still lacking. His wealth had become a stumbling block to his salvation. The young man went away sorrowful because he could not turn loose of his wealth. It was more important to him than Jesus. What is it that I lack to inherit eternal life? I need to ask myself this question. Because Jesus will not accept second place in our lives. He will not come after family, wealth, or any other thing that we want to put first. We must put him first and obey him wholeheartedly. When we do that, we love him as he loves the Father. We can go on our way rejoicing!